Striped Jumpsuit for All Seasons


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Jumpsuit: White Wolfe Boutique (shop here) // Shoes: Old (shop similar here + here) // Clutch: Cracker Barrel - this was such a huge find! (shop similar here + splurge here) // Watch: Daniel Wellington (shop here)

I can't believe I'm saying this, but is it really time to start thinking about our fall wardrobes?  Maybe I don't really feel it because I live in Southern, CA where the sun shines 11 out of 12 months, but when temps drop below 70, you know I'm regretting not being cold season ready!  Being that I live in a sunny environment, I am still a person who freezes in lower than 75 degree weather.  It's always so difficult for me to put my warm season clothing away because I just always want to live in them year-round!  With that being said, I'm totally a jumpsuit type of gal for several reasons.  The most important is because you can manage to wear them all year long.  For example, in the spring and summer, you can wear them with sandals and heels.  In the fall and winter, you can wear them with a leather jacket and booties.  This jumpsuit from White Wolfe Boutique is totally one I can see myself wearing in multiple occasions and best of all, it's under $50!  The waist cut-outs are the cutest detail and seriously can't even imagine being uncomfortable  or cold wearing it during winter with a jacket over.  Also, can we stop and appreciate the fact that jumpsuits take away the time thinking about what to pair our tops and bottoms with?  I swear they're so efficient.  Anyway, if you do start to think about your fall wardrobe, don't forget to leave your jumpsuits out!  You can totally still wear them and if you like this one, click on the link above to shop it and the rest of White Wolfe's collection of jumpsuits.  This one actually runs small but don't worry, the measurements are listed for you.  Chat with you guys later!

Xo,
Melissa Victoria

Vegan Potato Kale Tacos


Hola, amigos (as)! If there's one thing I know about food, it's to eat very well so you can feel well.  I work at Taco Bell headquarters and as you can imagine, I'm always surrounded by food that's not always the best.  Of course I give in to treats, but for the most part, I would definitely say I'm pretty conscious about what I like to put in my body.  In the spirit of wellness, I've decided to eat some kind of vegan meal once a week, starting on a twist to my beloved tacos.  I picked up this recipe from the incredible Dora from Dora's Table who has introduced me to vegan Mexican food and I'm just simply obsessed.  Anyway, let's go over what you'll need and how to make!

What You'll Need

Kale
Cubed potatoes 
Corn tortillas
Garlic salt
Olive Oil
**the above measurements will depend on how much you're making.

Cilantro Sauce Ingredients
3/4 cup washed and chopped cilantro
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup raw cashews soaked in water for 3 hours
1/2 serrano chile
1 squeezed lime
1/3 cup water
1/2 tbsp salt

How To

1. In a pan, pour a friendly amount of olive oil and turn up your heat to medium-high.
2. Pour your chopped up potatoes and stir around making sure your potatoes don't stick to the pan.
3. Let the potatoes cook until they're soft and turned golden, then pour in your washed and chopped kale.
4. Let the kale simmer in for a few seconds and then stir and blend the ingredients until the kale is cooked.
5. While cooking, season your ingredients with garlic salt, or whatever seasoning you'd like and stir again.
6. When finished, place the taco mix into a bowl.
7. Heat up your tortilla's and serve a decent amount of the potato/kale mix over the tortilla.

How To Make the Cilantro Sauce

1. In a bowl, place your raw cashews in water and let them sit for three hours.  I know this sounds like a long time, but they need to get soft -- trust me, it's worth the wait. 
2. After your cashews have sat in water, toss them into a blender with the rest of the ingredients mentioned above.
3. Simply blend the mix and pour the sauce into a container.

Enjoy!

Xo,
Melissa Victoria


Not Soap Radio Fragrance Review



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Hey hey!  With a busy lifestyle, running around has just become part of my world.  One day I'm at work, the next hour I'm meeting up with friends, the next I'm heading to a blog shoot, then before I know it, I'm jumping on the freeway to see my boy.  In a not so gross way, and I'm keeping this 100% real lol, taking body showers on a regular basis and leaving my hair unwashed for like three days is where I'm currently at right now. I go through dry shampoo a lot more often these days and I mean you know what they say, better busy than bored!  Anyway, I recently became acquainted with a fabulous sister duo that created Not Soap Radio -- a seriously holistic brand that offers some of the coolest beauty products with not to mention THE wittiest packaging.  I was super fortunate enough to try out their fun fragrances and I was pleasantly surprised to know these are basically an everyday on everything kind of spray.  By that I mean I can spray this fragrance on linen, my hair, body, in my car, the clothes in my closet, etc.  The very first thing I sprayed this on was my pillow and now I literally cannot go a morning without spraying it around - the evening scent is just SO lovely.  

I tried out a lemon + sugar scent (this one) and also a beach + blue sky water scent (this one) and can't even decide which one I like best because they both have a nice scent.  Aside from just smelling good and the funny phrases on each product, Not Soap Radio is just doing it right for us.  All of their products are botanically-based, paraben free, SLS, phthalate AND cruelty free and their packaging is, yup you guessed it, totally recyclable.  Aside from just being awesome at making do-good products, NSR also has a partnership with Red Rover, an organization that's focused on rescuing animals out of crisis and into care.  Every contribution donated to this cause is matched by Not Soap Radio and donors are rewarded with a free deluxe sample.  Does that not tug your heart strings, you guys??  Seriously though, Not Soap Radio, you all have my heart and a fan for life right over here!  To become a fan like me, lol, go ahead and check out all their products by clicking on the links above.  I'll talk to you guys again soon!

Xo,
Melissa Victoria


Trending Accessories | Charming Charlie



Hello and HAPPY MONDAY!  I can't believe tomorrow is August already - can you slow down, time!?  These days, I'm only thinking about football season and my cold weather wardrobe.  I know, two polar opposites but I have to be ready for both!  With that in mind, I've been stocking up on my fall accessories first and completely scored the jackpot at Charming Charlie.  If you're not aware, this place is a girly girl's heaven and honestly stepping inside of a Charming Charlie store almost makes you feel like you're on auto-pilot - just moving and dropping pieces into your shopping bag.  If you don't have a location near you, don't freak, they have an awesome selection online!  In this post, I wanted to take you guys on a virtual shopping trip with me and show you all the accessories I'm REALLY loving and some I think you guys will love too.  Let's do this!

Bracelets

1. Motto Bracelet - You can never have just one.  These ones are all so darn cute!
2. Beaded - I used to collect (and make) these when I was younger.  Love that they're trending again!
3. Wrap - Every girl needs one! They're so easy to wear and this one is super pretty.
4. Cuff - I used to not love these because I have small wrists, but any that adjust are perfect. Totally loving this one!

Necklaces 

1. Layered - I live for a layered necklace! Makes accessorizing SUPER easy. This one is perfect!
2. Choker - A dainty choker like this one is all you need.  I love this one!
3. Drizzy Set - I have a slight obsession with drizzy jewelry and anytime it comes in a set, I'm all ears.  This one is amazing. 
4. Statement - This one is a no brainer.  Literally swooning over this one!


Earrings

1. Tassel - Yes please! I'll take these in every single color. 
2. Beaded - I love these clip-on earrings so much!  They're so darn cute and fun. 
3. Dangle - I think these are timeless.  They never go out of style and always look so pretty on. 
4. Studs - These are also timeless pieces and love how dainty and sweet they are!

Accessories

1. Carry On Bag - I'm obsessed with this print as of late.  I don't know anyone who doesn't love a cute weekender bag! 
2. Glamper Set - This would even make such a cute gift!  I can totally imagine taking this out on a fall trip with my girlfriends.
3. Clutch - This sparkly clutch is to die for.  Seriously love it SO much! 
4. Scarf - I think the print on this scarf is so adorable.  Plus, I'm really into huge neck bows this season!


I could literally go on and on with every single item I'm currently loving!  I hope you guys liked a few of my picks and if you do choose a few others, leave a comment below.  I'd love to see what you all are coveting!  Anyway, happy shopping and I'll talk to you guys soon.

xo,
Melissa Victoria

*Thank you, Charming Charlie for sponsoring this post.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

Cucumber Tequila Cocktail


If you know me, you know I love tequila on an extra level all summer long.  When I'm up for a drink during the warmer seasons, I always jump for tequila because it's just SO refreshing and nothing else sounds as good - other than water of course.  In this post, I wanted to share a quick cocktail I made over the weekend to celebrate something extraordinary that happened.  I can't quite share those details yet because it's a surprise that's being shared with family first, but needless to say, I obviously had to have a moment of cheers with my favorite summer drink.  Okay, let's go over what you need and how to make this yummy cucumber cocktail!  Side note: It's totally Wednesday morning and looking at these pictures makes me awfully thirsty.


You'll Need

Tequila of your choice - I used Milagro Tequila 
Flavored sparkling water - I used IZZE Lemon Lime
Limes
Cucumber 
Spicy Seasoning - I used Tajin

How To

1. Slice your lime in half and also cut some slices of cucumber.  
2. Take your cucumbers and mash them or you can cut them up into tiny pieces. Drop the cucumber into your cup.
3. Next pour 1.5 ounces of tequila into your cup.  You can always adjust the amount and add more if you'd like.
4. Take your flavored sparkling water and pour as much as you'd like in the cup. 
5. To coat the rim of your cup with spicy seasoning, take half of a lime and sprinkle the seasoning over it.  Swipe this all over rim until you have as much as you'd like. 
6. For extra spice, you can also add seasoning into the cocktail.
7. Slip in a straw and enjoy!

Sip sip hooray,

Melissa Victoria

How to Make an Elastic Waist Skirt


Okay I'm back.  Work has been super busy as of late and has totally been consuming my time, but in a positive way!  Not too long ago, my friend Jaime and I had the best conversation about the artsy phase her daughter is currently in and I swear a lot of what she mentioned totally reminded me of me when I was her daughter's age haha.  That conversation totally helped rekindle my love for sewing and made me itch to make something fun.  I've never lost touch of this fun craft, but you know how it is when you have a full time job, have relationships to keep up with, run a blog and try to stick to your content calendar as much as you can...all the busy.  Anyway, because I was itching to sew something, I decided to make my favorite thing - a skirt!  I would definitely say this is a beginner skirt and if you know how to literally run a basic stitch through a sewing machine, you can make this.  Now for the fun part, let's start go over the details!

You'll Need:


1.5 - 2 Yards of Fabric: This should be enough for your waist length x's 2.  My waist is 27 inches so I used 54 inches.
Scissors
Measuring Tape
Pins
Thread 
Elastic: This should be the length of your waist, but if you'd like a snug fit, cut off 3-4 inches off

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  Step 1:  
Measure the length from your waist down to however long you'd like your skirt.  My skirt length was 19 inches and width was 54 inches.  Once you have your measurements, you'll need to keep your fabric folded and cut out your piece.



 Step 2: 
Cut all along your fold to have two even pieces of the same width and length.  Turn your two pieces right side in (this means to stack the two pieces on top of each other with the front of the fabric facing each other).  Next, insert pins along the lengths of both sides of skirts to connect each side of fabric together.  This should look like a large tube after you've inserted your pins.  You'll then just need to make a basic stitch along the pins and once you're done, flip the skirt inside out to show the right side of the fabric. 


Step 3:

Depending on the size of your elastic (mine is 1") you'll need to make one fold in that is at least the size of your elastic because that will need to go through the casing you're about to make.  I basically made a 1.5 inch fold and curled that extra half inch into the skirt for a clean finish.  This is optional, but when making your casing, you can take an iron and quickly run it down the tube you made to make sure it stays down. 


Step 4:

Pin your casing down and run a basic straight stitch all along the tube.  Next, take a safety pin and pin it to the end of your elastic and run that through the tube until it's popped out through the other side.  As you run your elastic around, you'll also need to pull the fabric through and sort of scrunch it up.  Once the elastic has made itself through the whole tube, take both ends and sew a few stitches up and down to lock it. 

   
Step 5:

You'll now need to take both ends of your skirt that are open and simply run a straight stitch all the way down.  You might find it a little difficult to stitch over the elastic part, and to lock this part down, I first start a few inches after the elastic and then hit my back pedal to stitch backwards.  If this is still difficult, you can always hand stitch that part and you should be fine. 


Step 6:

To hem your skirt, you can basically do this in three ways.  For one, you can fold the raw edge of your skirt up the exact same way you made your casing.  It's about making a tiny tube, pinning down and running a straight stitch all around.  The other way is to make a zig-zag stitch all around the raw edge to lock in the fabric similar to using a serger.  Third, if you have a serger machine (thanks, #KingMartin) you can run the bottom of your skirt all around and be left with a fun detailed stitch.  


After you're done hemming your skirt, turn the skirt inside out and you're all done!  Don't forget to email or comment below with any questions you may have.  Talk to guys soon!

xo,
Melissa Victoria